Architect Gio Ponti founded FontanaArte in 1932 as an artistic division of the Luigi Fontana Company. Historically, the company has been a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The company's works were first distinguished by its realization of artistic stained-glass windows, many of which are today still functional elements and ornamental features of churches and cathedrals, among them the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the in the making of furnishing complements for interiors, and he started to design and produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature. Soon a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed. Over the years, FontanaArte has had many contributors to its designs, including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano.
Gae Aulenti is an Italian architect, lighting and interior designer, and industrial designer. She is well known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musee d’Orsay in Paris (1980 — 86), the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1985 — 86), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2000 — 2003).
Aulenti was one of the few women designing in the postwar period in Italy, and created many elegant pieces. She studied to be an architect at the Milan Polytechnic University, Faculty of Architecture and graduated as one of two women in a class of 20 in 1954.
Aulenti was given her first prize at the 1964 Milan Triennial for her piece in the Italian Pavilion. Her piece was a room with mirrored wall with cutout silhouettes of women inspired by Picasso. It was entitled "Arrivo al Mare". She also served on the Executive Board for the Triennial from 1977- 1980. In 1991, she was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale.View other products by Gae Aulenti
Piero Castiglioni, born in Lierna, Italy in 1944, started his career in the 1970's, working together with his father Livio, when the first halogen light bulbs were being introduced. Through this, he developed the Scintilla lighting system along with several lighting projects and custom lighting designs. Throughout his career he has had numerous commissions to design the lighting of important museums, historical city centers, new urban developments, monuments, parks, and gardens. These commissions have let to the collaboration with other architects, which has helped him develop new lighting systems and their production and marketing. He has received numerous design awards throughout his career and his lighting designs are still extremely popular to this day.View other products by Piero Castiglioni